Fatboy Slim - Don't Let The Man Get You Down (Skint)
UK release date: 4 July 2005
The Fatboy formula remains unchanged. Take a quirky vocal sample (this time a protest song from Canada's Five Man Electrical Band), loop it, stretch it and make it stu-stu-stu-stutter every so often. Add to this a bundle of maddeningly catchy hooks and serve over some beats - big ones, of course. Don't Let The Man is instantly recognisable as the work of Norman Cook, being bold, brash and blatant, but also stupidly fun with the piano-based 'chorus' reminding us of previous hit, Praise You.
Having re-invented himself so many times, Cook's shape-shifting seems to have ground to a halt, and while this is dance music of a high calibre, it remains faithful to the blueprint he established way back in 1996 with Better Living Through Chemistry. Indeed, the Justice Remix of Donít Let The Man and Xpress 2ís hard and fast reworking of Mi Bebe Masoquista, both included here, draw from a much broader and more sophisticated sonic palette.
But if interest in his current incarnation is flagging slightly this carefree single should help reignite it, as should the video which features a character called Don the racist, a cameo from the dubiously famous Paris Hilton and six alternate endings.